I get emails about how to incorporate Gym Movement and kettlebells almost every day. I’m not interested in talking about who these people are or why that systems they train in. I’m more curious about their perception that using biofeedback training with Russian kettlebells is bad, or something that they shouldn’t do.
I have been a devotee of many, many strength training programs, including by the numbers kettlebell routines. I have been the zealot more than once, so I know how loyalty to a product or system can creep in without us realizing it. If someone enjoys the system they are in, I say more power to them, as long as they’re not emailing me wondering how they could get better results. At that point I feel like I’d be a jerk not to try and answer their questions based on my experience with the Gym Movement protocol.
Frankie Faires did not produce the protocol so that the kettlebell lifters would finally have the edge over the barbell crowd, or so the bodybuilders could finally settle the eternal powerlifters vs. bodybuilding debate. He produced it so that anyone can improve at whatever sport or physical activity they enjoy doing. It can be used to improve athletic performance, or just make training more enjoyable for passionate amateurs like myself.
Russian kettlebells and biofeedback
Anyways, back to those kettlebells. If this article is your first exposure to the concept of biofeedback training, let me give you the broad strokes:
Movements or exercises are tested (with a range of motion test, typically) each workout to determine which will provide the greatest benefits that days. So for a kettlebell fanatic, the GM theory is that if you could not figure out whether you should do swings or snatches on a given day, you could test each movement and then choose the one that produced an increase in range of motion.
Does this sound strange? It still sounds strange to me, and I’ve been doing it for nearly a year! But it is working for me. I have left everyone else in my gym standing still while I have made the greatest progress of my life.
If you love kettlebells, you can apply Gym Movement to your kettlebell practice. The tool has nothing to do with the protocol. Anything can be tested. If it gets you better results, it was a test worth conducting. If it gets you nowhere and you hate it, feel free to keep doing exactly and only what you love. You won’t have lost anything, but you may gain a lot.
If you are looking for more information about Gym Movement, I highly recommend checking out my lengthy and hopefully-objective review of Adam Glass’s Grip and Rip 2.1, which is currently the best distillation of the method.
And of course, you can always email your questions through my contact page. I love to talk about this stuff and if I can help you, I will certainly try.